Kevin Love aggravated shoulder while celebrating conference finals win

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Kevin Love expects to play with Cavaliers next season
Monday June 1st, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love aggravated his shoulder injury while celebrating his team's win over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals last week.

According to's Chris Haynes, Love said a teammate slapped him on the arm when he went out on the court.

Love is expected to be sidelined four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder.

The injury occurred during Game 4 in the opening round of the playoffs as Love grappled with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk.

• Love expects to return to Cleveland next season


"I walk out there, the teammate will remain nameless, I go up and give him a big hug [and I said] 'congratulations' and he takes his arm and he goes, 'Ah yeah man, good game' and just hits me right on the arm," Love playfully explained. "Some of the front office staff who was out there with me kind of had to grab me and said, 'Are you OK?'"

"It was one of those deals where it was kind of shooting pain through my entire body, but I was a little woozy and kind of all over the place for a few minutes but I was able to calm myself down," Love said.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Cleveland and the Golden State Warriors will tip off on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

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